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Cougars split pair of volleyball matches

The University of Minnesota, Morris volleyball team split matches at the Macalester Invite Friday.

The Cougars used a .363 hitting percentage to sweep Dubuque 25-20, 25-20, 15-15.

Tietz set a new career high in kills with 12 during the match. Mandy Allman had 26 assists and Brook Decker had 17. The Cougars held the Spartans to just .147 hitting.

Dubuque kept it close in the first set and forced UMM to take a timeout when coach Chad Braegelmann felt the momentum slipping away. The timeout worked as UMM built back a lead midway through the set 14-10. The lead would get as large as seven when UMM took the 20-13 lead. UD got within three at 22-19, but Morris kept them from tying the set up and won set one 25-20.

It was all Cougars early in set two as they jumped out to a quick 5-1 lead.  The Spartans rallied to get within one, but never tied the match up. UMM built a five-point lead at 21-16, and won set two 25-20.

Minnesota Morris again jumped out early in the third set going up 4-1 and then went from a 7-5 lead to a 16-7 lead outscoring the Spartans 9-2 during the run. The lead got as large as nine on three different occasions, but it was not until Kaylie Clark put a kill down to give UMM the 25-15 set three win that would seal the match.

In the nightcap Carleton was able to upend the Cougars 3-1 despite a career-high 13 kills from Abby Tietz.